by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 29 and 30 of a 40 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-Ninth Day (29 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Zephaniah 2:1-3

‘‘You disgraceful nation, gather around, before it’s too late. Yahweh has set a time when his fierce anger will strike like a storm and sweep you away. If you humbly obey Yahweh, then come and worship him. If you do right and are humble, perhaps you will be safe on that day when Yahweh turns loose his anger.’’ Zephaniah 2:1-3

It was in the days of Jeremiah. Israel had already been led away under the Assyrian armies. Isaiah had warned Israel of impending doom. Two hundred years later, his message had been used to remind Judah of its own impending plight of exile into Babylon. Jeremiah, Old Doom and Gloom himself, had been preaching that there was no help to be had from Egypt against an exile Yahweh had decreed. There was nothing to do, he said, other than turn to Yahweh in expectation of a change of course or finding a way through the impending crisis.


Thirtieth Day (30 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Romans 14:1

‘‘Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours.’’ Romans 14:1

Why doesn’t everyone believe like I do? Can you even be a Christian if we disagree? We hear comparisons like those often enough. My group is always in the right, and that other group is always in the wrong. Since I know I belong to Christ, that means all the rest have somehow missed the boat. Why can’t they see the need to jump ship to join me? Since they are wrong and refuse to change their minds, they must not be sincere in their faith. They must not even Christians at all.

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